Planet

We’re impacting the world. One yard at a time.

Native plants are the planet’s original landscape design. They were naturally built into the ecosystem and have helped to raise generations of species. Planting a native garden can has the power to help local wildlife thrive immediately.

Learn Planet Impact Photo by: Linda Rivard

CWH Sign Photo by: David Mizejewski

The superpowers of native plants.

All plants are awesome, but some simply benefit the environment more. Native plants thrive in the soils, moisture and weather of your region, which means you’ll have to water less, which can be wasteful, and less invasive pest problems that require toxic chemicals.

Your impact on local wildlife is immediate. Wildlife habitat gardens can also help create corridors that connect urban green spaces and our cities and towns into the greater ecosystem, especially when there are many such gardens in a specific area.

 

Climate Change and Garden for Wildlife™.

Roots have a reason. Beyond a plants feeding system, the deep root structures of many native plants create channels in the soil which aid in storm water run off, supporting healthy watersheds.

When you plant with purpose, you have the power to reverse climate change. Natives draw carbon out of the air and store it in their leaves and root systems. These plants then also release oxygen, which is essential to all life on our planet. Carbon retained in the soil helps plants grow and feed microrganisms that healthy soil needs. You can be part of the answer to a major factor of climate change, which is the emission of too much carbon dioxide into the air that warms our atmosphere.

Learn Planet Climate Photo by: Michael Jarnevic

 

CWH Sign Photo by: John Magee

Use your outdoor space for good.

Lawns don’t have to be the only source of beauty in your yard. Replacing turf with native plants reverses lawn dominance in the landscape, a key contributor to habitat loss that has hurt many wildlife species. By doing so, you’ll cut down on the amount of water, pesticides and fertilizers you use. Native plantings also minimize further negative impact on wildlife and pollution of local water resources. Are you ready to roll up your sleeves?

Quick Facts About Wildlife

 
Bird drinking water Birds

Since 1970, one third of North American Bird populations have declined. Backyard birds rely on thousands of caterpillars supplied by native plants.

Photo Credit: Anne Owen

Bee taking pollen from flower Bees

Roughly 30% of 4,000 native bee species are pollen specialists that restrict their diets to specific plants.

Butterfly taking pollen from flower Butterflies

The monarch butterfly that relies on native milkweed has declined by 90%.